Not all members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are excited about the prospect of former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, emerging the chairman of the party.
One of those who think the former governor will be bad news for the former ruling party was the Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu.
While reacting to Daniel’s official declaration to contest for the position yesterday, Kashamu said in a statement that the former governor will be “a monumental disaster” PDP if he is elected the party’s national chairman.
The statement reads in part, “When I heard that he was vying for the post, my initial reaction was that it was a joke. But, now that he has decided to make a formal declaration, I would say it is a joke taken too far. Let me say with all sense of responsibility that Daniel does not have what it takes to lead our great party. He is the least qualified among all those vying for the position.
“All his claims of having managed and won elections are unfounded. He never won any election. The elections he claimed to have won were in the better forgotten days of Prof. Maurice Iwu’s INEC. Since then, he has never won any other elections.
In 2011, he defected from the PDP to the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) and then Labour Party (LP), where he lost woefully. Even the 2016 local government election in Ogun State, which he supervised with one of his stooges and a member of the House of Representatives, it was failure all the way.
“Towards the end of 2014, he returned to PDP ahead of the 2015 elections. He was made to head the 2015 Presidential Campaign in Ogun State, which the party lost abysmally owing to his mismanagement of campaign funds. He was one of the major reasons our party lost in the South West and Ogun State in particular.
“It is common knowledge in Ogun State that over N300 million of the funds are yet to be accounted for and the case is currently with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). How can we allow our beloved party to be led by an unstable character like Daniel?”
“It should be noted that in the twilight of his administration, the Ogun State House of Assembly passed a resolution in which he was blacklisted and barred from holding “public office in the future either in Ogun State or anywhere in Nigeria. Given all the atrocities he has committed against the people and the state, he is not qualified to lead our party and the legal battle to bring all these to the fore will soon commence.”